To the editor:
The Mooretown Restoration Committee would like to thank everyone who donated their time, money and efforts for our recent Mooretown Monument Battle of Perryville Commemoration, Fall Festival and Yellow Creek Tour:
The Rosebud Mining Co.; Mr. and Mrs. Dave Barnhouse; Pastor Dave Miller, Bergholz Church of Christ; VFW Amsterdam Post 232 Honor Guard and Pastor Chuck Pearson; McBane Insurance Co; Kuester Implement.; Edison Local school board; Bergholz Ruritan Club; Bergholz EMTs and fire department; T.J.Balint, Bergholz postmaster; John Barnett, 160th Light Voluntary Artillery Civil War Reenactors; Happy Lake Resort at Georges Lake; DJ Rockin' Rodney; Awesome Possum Blue Grass Band; Rawson Family Bluegrass Band; Kurt James Fun and Games; Randalson's Meatball Wagon; Kroger; M&M Hardware; Dr. Atul Shah; Ross Township Trustees and Dave McElwain for road repairs; local residents who contributed to our bake sale; Bergholz Special Touch Floral Shop; Featheringham Auction Service; Bergholz Museum; Manfull's Fruit Market, Augusta; Marshalls Restaurant, Bergholz; Woodland Trails Greenhouse; Kenco Quick Mart; the Bergholz Foundation; and the Herald-Star and Free Press Standard newspapers.
Historian Jeff Evens deserves special thanks for his excellent discussion on the Battle of Perryville - we always learn something when Jeff comes to join us. Another historian we want to thank is Robert "Brass" Beresford from the Wellsville Historical Society. Brass shared information about the Civil War book "Bully Boys" which features the 2nd Ohio Voluntary Infantry that mustered in at Mitchell's Salt Works here on Yellow Creek. Brass's Grandfather and Great Uncle have their photo on the front cover of the book.
As always our special thanks to our Jefferson County commissioners for their support in our Mooretown Monument Restoration projects. Commissioners Dave Maple, Tom Gentile and Thomas Graham were instrumental in having the monument repaired and cleaned last year. For those of you who have not heard Graham sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" you are in for a treat. He always brings tears to my eyes every time I hear him sing our national anthem.
State Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, was one of our guest speakers, and we thank him for the commendation he delivered from the Ohio Senate for our restoration efforts at the Mooretown Monument. With the continued help and support of all of these people, we can continue to care for the monument and preserve it for future generations. We are going to ask everyone interested in the monument for their help once more as we make plans to have the Mooretown Civil War Monument placed on the National Registry of Historic Places. We are also in the planning stages for a Morgan's Raid re-enactment in Bergholz in July. We thank you all in advance for your help with this future project.
We are pleased with the interest that the public continues to show in this local historic icon. At a time when there are so many questions being asked about the future of this great nation of ours, it is good to have a symbol of the freedom that so many have fought and died for.